Every family has one. A dish that only grandma can make. If you try to make it, it’s just not the same. My mom can never make potato salad like her mom. It’s just a fact of life. It’s like my grandma puts something secret into the mix, making it taste so much better. It’s almost nerve racking.
My aunt is an awesome lady. I’m actually 60% certain that she’s my real mother. We have a lot in common. She’s not the kind of person who is going to spend all day in the kitchen cooking dinner, but there are always a few things I request when we visit.
And one of those things is this fantastical bean, corn, and avocado dip. It’s more like salsa, actually. Because it’s chunky.
Just looking at the photo of it makes me salivate. Every time we go to my aunt’s house I’m hoping she’ll make this, because it’s just that good. She even buys me whole wheat tortilla chips to eat it with, which is huge in their house, because they’re not fans of whole grain anything. (Which is totally cool… to each his own!)
It’s totally easy to make too. There’s some chopping involved, but the end result is totally worth it. It makes a ton too, which is fine by me, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Aunt Starr’s Corn Salsa
16 oz bag frozen corn (thawed)
1 small can black olives, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 avocados, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
3 T apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Put all of the chopped ingredients into a bowl and stir. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients, and pour over the veggies. Stir, and dig in!
I contemplated adding “1 T secret ingredient” to the list, because there has to be something she’s not telling me! Don’t get me wrong, this stuff is amazing, but somehow it’s just 100 times better when she makes it. I’ll never know. I’ve even watched her make it. She’s a sneaky one, that’s for sure!
Is there a recipe that someone you know makes better than you for some reason? What are some of your families food favorites?